How to Inspect Fall Plants Before Bringing Them Into the House

Now that the summer is over, the time of the year has come for us to bring our potted plants back inside before the cold weather sets in. Exposing your plants to Fall and Winter temperatures can hurt them and damage their leaves, so if you want your plant to survive, you’re going to need to find a place for them in your home. The problem is that while plant pests such as aphids and mealybugs are not especially problematic outside, they can cause major infestations indoors. Here is how to bring your potted plants inside while leaving the pests behind.

Debugging Fall Plants

The best way to debug your plants is to submerge them in large buckets of soapy water. It’s actually not as difficult as it sounds and it can be completed in just a few steps. First, take a large utility tub or bucket and fill it with water. Then add a few squirts of mild soap (very mild, with no degreasers or detergents). Finally, completely submerge your plant in the water (pot, soil and leaves) and wait 15-20 minutes. After this is done, lift the plant out and leave it someplace where it can drain. Remember, only use this method with pots that have drainage holes on their bottoms.

It’s best to debug plants one at a time, and if you have many plants you need to bring inside, you may want to start a few weeks before, so you won’t have to debug 17 of them in a single day.

If you have any potted plants that are too big to submerge or don’t have drainage holes, there is a modified method of the one described above that you can use. All you have to do is spray your plant’s leaves with mildly soapy water from a spray bottle and rinse them clean with a hose. Then spray the soil with neem oil. Keep in mind, though, that neem oil can be harmful to plants if it’s too strong, so dilute it in water before use. This way you’ll be sure to have pest free plants no matter big of a pot their in.

Bringing your plant inside for the Fall can be a big hassle, though with just a few easy steps you can at least be sure that a pest infestation will not be on your list of worries. For more information, or to receive quality pest control services, contact Advanced Pest & Weed today!

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